Colorado Rockies right hander Jhoulys Chacin will pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, taking the place of Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez.
Hernandez bowed out earlier this month.
"It's a dream of mine to do this," Chacin said. "My priority is the Rockies, but this is an opportunity I want to take advantage of."
The 25-year-old Chacin will be joined by teammates Carlos Gonzalez and catcher Ramon Hernandez, on the Venezuelan squad.